MVD Kathua organises awareness about online services, road safety

RTO Kathua and his team receiving biker who covered 27000 kms on his two wheeler before reaching Kathua on Friday. -Excelsior/ Pardeep
RTO Kathua and his team receiving biker who covered 27000 kms on his two wheeler before reaching Kathua on Friday. -Excelsior/ Pardeep

Biker covering 27000 km reaches Kathua

Excelsior Correspondent
KATHUA, Oct 12: In an endeavor to instill awareness about the online services being provided by the department about Road Safety norms, the Motor Vehicles Department, (MVD), Kathua organized an impressive function in Excise Complex, Lakhanpur near here, today.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest Rohit Khajuria, Deputy Commissioner, Kathua impressed upon the public to learn and take advantage of the online services being provided by the MVD instead of queuing up in front of RTO Office. He further stressed the need to imbibe traffic sense particularly in the backdrop of traffic situation in the cities. He stated that “we cannot call ourselves a civilized society, if we don’t exhibit basic traffic sense while driving or parking”. District Superintendent of Police, Shridhar Patil, who was guest of honour, while speaking on the occasion, questioned whether we are actually following the norms we have set for ourselves to maintain traffic. He stated that it is high time to self introspect in respect of our own traffic discipline if we have to prevent lawlessness likely to occur because of the traffic indiscipline. He further implored the gathering to set an example for younger generation.

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Welcoming the guests, Regional Transport Officer, (RTO) Kathua, Dr. Raj K. Thapa, gave a brief about the online services being provided by Motor Vehicles Department and advised the gathering particularly the students to take advantage of these services which also include online deposition of various kinds of fee and taxes. He informed that the Department will stop taking token fee in the RTO offices from November 1, January this year which can be deposited through online mode from anywhere.
Speaking about road safety, he informed that road accidents have almost doubled in India since last 10 years whereas China has been able to decrease them by 1/3rd. He shared that manual fault has been the most common cause of road accident and can be avoided by observing traffic discipline as responsible citizens of the society.
Earlier, the RTO, Kathua along with his team received Sharat Sharma a biker who has traveled about 27 States, covering a distance of about 27000 Kms, spreading the message of safe two wheeler riding, at Lakhanpur, as he entered the J&K from Punjab. Sharma, 60 , is an avid biker who started his journey in March, 2018 and is continuously travelling on his motorcycle since last six months and spreading message of road safety and fitness. He also spoke on the occasion.
The function concluded with vote of thanks by ARTO Kuldeep Singh.